Read, Read, Read: Why Reading is so Important

by Ron Sherbert in Personal Development

If you’re a living human being, there are certain things we all must do to stay alive. We have to breathe, eat, drink, sleep and go to the bathroom. Those are the our normal everyday functions.

However, if you want to grow in knowledge and continue to learn throughout your lifetime and live your life to the fullest, then one of the things you must do is read.

Reading is one of the most powerful things a human being can do.

It gives you knowledge that can never be taken away from you. One of the things that almost all highly successful people have in common is they read. You can become an expert in almost anything through reading. It makes you smarter and can give you inexpensive or even free education as most libraries have more knowledge and expertise to share than all the professors combined at  top universities.

There are other benefits of reading other than becoming more educated or helping advance your career. Having new knowledge can generate new opportunities for you. There are many books that can help you know more about new hobbies, start passion projects, and generally let you explore channels that you have never tried before.

booksWe’ve all heard the phrase that the book is always better than the movie. This is true because a person must use their imagination to see things vividly as they read. Reading is an inexpensive and oftentimes a free form of entertainment. A book can teach you things about other places in the world and take you to far-off destinations without ever leaving where you are.

Reading can also help motivate you and give you self-improvement. Many people have credited self-help books with helping them turn their lives around from being stagnant and depressed.

One of the biggest benefits of reading is that it reduces stress.

A research was done at the University of Sussex where it was found out that reading can reduce stress levels by up to 68% in as little as six minutes. According to Dr. David Lewis of the University of Sussex, by “losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book, you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world and spend a while exploring the domain of the author’s imagination.” The same research concluded that reading works faster and better than other methods to calm frazzled nerves such as listening to music, going for walk or settling down with a cup of tea.

While there are many benefits to reading, I believe the biggest is that it just makes you better in many different ways than those who do not read on a regular basis.

While I can’t speak for everyone, I know that being an avid reader has given me knowledge and opportunities that I would’ve never had if I wasn’t a person who loves to read and believes reading is important to be better and to be your best self.

What is your favorite book? Do you have any recommendations for a good book? Leave in the comments below.

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